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Certificates of Attendance for ARCA Regional Meetings

ARCA is now issuing Certificates of Attendance to all individuals that attend regional meetings.

The Association’s regional meetings are held as a forum to provide information, instruction and training with most meetings having many items on the agenda meeting this definition.

“The Certificates of Attendance are intended to be added to and compliment training records to demonstrate and record that individuals have received the information, instruction and training listed on the certificate,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive at ARCA. “All attendees of the November 2017 regional meetings have been issued with a certificate.”

Dates for the next regional meetings are now available online.

ARCA delivers First RSPH NVQ assessments in UK

Operatives gain NVQ Diploma and CSCS cards

ARCA assessed three asbestos removal operatives for an NVQ Level 2 Diploma, under the RSPH Experienced Candidate Assessment Route (ECAR), in December 2017.

All three operatives, Andrew Peberdy, David Kelly and Mark Thompson of Burton Environmental Services Ltd, were successful in gaining the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Removal of Hazardous Waste (Construction) –BES_ECAR NVQ_B_Jan18_380kb Licensed Asbestos.

“These were the first RPSH NVQ assessments we have undertaken and the process ran very smoothly and efficiently,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).  “I was able to make them comfortable in what is a rigorous assessment environment, enabling them to use their experience to perform tasks to a high level. I’d like to congratulate Andrew, David and Mark on a job well done.”

“On receipt of the certificates we immediately applied to ARCA for Blue Skilled Worker CSCS Cards for the operatives,” stated Ronnie Cowen, Operations Director of Burton Environmental Services Ltd. “The service was exceptional. The day after our application all three virtual smartcards were received by our operatives, and the physical cards were delivered straight after the Christmas holiday.”

To learn more about the NVQ Level 2 Diploma options for Asbestos Removal Operatives please visit here and the requirements for ARMI Skills Cards (CSCS Cards) are available here 

Photo: Mark Thompson, Asbestos Removal Operative and Ronnie Cowen, Operations Director of Burton Environmental Services Ltd.

Training Dates for 2018 now online

You can now plan ahead for next year. All dates for asbestos training courses are available online at www.arca.org.uk and with multiple training centres there’s greater availability for 2018.

Offering a wide range of specialist training courses to suit you and your team’s needs, ARCA is the training organisation for the asbestos industry.

Bespoke asbestos training courses can be delivered at one of our centres or at your premises.

If you don’t find a date that is suitable, call us on 01283 505777 as we are happy to help find an alternative.

ARCA Issues First Black CSCS Manager Card

Physical and Virtual Smartcards now available through the Association

ARCA issues the first Asbestos Removal Managers’ black CSCS card, under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme.

Temporary red cards and a 5-year Asbestos Removal Manager black card, are now available from ARCA as a physical smartcard and also as a virtual smartcard.

“Following our announcement in August, that we issue all types of asbestos removal operative CSCS cards, under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme, I’m delighted that we are now able to offer cards for asbestos removal managers,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).

“Also, we now have the system in place to offer all cards – operative and manager – as virtual smartcards, as well as physical cards, at no extra cost. This will enable the cardholder to store their smartcard, on an app on their smartphone or tablet.”

Richard Walker, received the first Manager ARCA ARMI Skills Card. “At Phoenix we use ARCA for all the asbestos training we require, in fact I undertook the manager update course and gained the Level 4 Certificate in Leadership and Management earlier this year,” commented Richard, Contract Manager for Phoenix (Leicester) Ltd.

“Gaining the CSCS card from ARCA was easy. I just sent in my certificates with the application form, and ARCA already had my photo on file. Within a few days I had a black smartcard, and the bonus of a virtual card too!”

To learn more about the ARCA ARMI Skills Card Scheme, the requirements for asbestos removal manager cards and to download an application form please visit www.arca.org.uk/page/asbestos-removal-manager-cards or call ARCA on 01283 505778.

Managing Asbestos – Commercial Property Owners’ have Legal Responsibilities

ARCA provides support and reassurance

Today ARCA, the UK’s leading association representing asbestos removal contractors, has made available a publication for commercial property owners and managers, giving an overview of their legal responsibilities on managing asbestos.

Asbestos management is an issue faced by property owners and managers (the clients), whether owning/managing one premises or a large portfolio of premises, constructed prior to the year 2000. That is, they are responsible for ensuring that employees and non-employees are not exposed to health or safety risks as a result of the presence of asbestos.

These clients have legal responsibilities to manage risks from asbestos, so to support them ARCA has covered the main regulations in a new publication.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a duty on every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees and non-employees who may be affected by the employers’ activities.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012), places a legal duty to ‘manage asbestos in non-domestic properties’, on those who own, occupy, manage or have responsibilities for premises that may contain asbestos.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) places explicit responsibilities on clients, for example, if asbestos removal is required the client needs to appoint a competent asbestos removal contractor.

To support this last point, ARCA members need to complete two satisfactory site audits every year to maintain membership. In January 2017, ARCA made all site audits ‘unannounced’, meaning members (excluding Ireland) do not have prior knowledge of when, or where, an ARCA auditor will be assessing their performance. Therefore, being unannounced, ARCA site audits are now an even stronger system of reassurance for all parties, including end-clients.

The ‘Managing Asbestos – Clients Legal Responsibilities’ leaflet is available on the ARCA website as a free download.

Further information for commercial property owners and managers is available here.